Recently I have been trying to restore some Mayan paintings, closer to what they may have originally looked like. I am not an expert at restoring art of any kind, but I did spend many hours restoring some of these Mayan paintings, the best that I could.
The Mayan Culture
I have always been inexplicably drawn to Mayan art. I love the vivid colors and the intensity of that artwork itself. Mayan culture truly comes alive to me as I view this ancient art.
The Maya were a people that flourished in the areas from Mexico to Costa Rica. Their civilization thrived 4000 years ago. The Maya were a people that studied the stars, built cities like Palenque and Tulum, developed mathematics and created this wonderful art, that we see here.
Mayan art can be very graphic in nature. Some of the art can depict some pretty graphic scenes involving sacrifices and that sort of thing. I avoided using any of those paintings here. I tried to bring the paintings back to a more original state without changing them too much.
I hope that you enjoy viewing this wonderful art as much as I do. The style used in the paintings is unlike any that I have seen. While Europeans were painting their own masterpieces, the Mayan artists were painting these bold, colorful masterpieces, yet to be appreciated as such.